Monthly Archives: September 2012

7 Easy steps for recycling those old picture frames

Good Day, All!  I am sharing a recent DIY project I did for my new salon.  My grandmother had given me all of her vintage hair styling tools for display and I needed a fun way to display them.  Here’s what I came up with:

Step 1: Locate multitudes of old picture frames without the glass

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Choose the paint you want to use.  I opted for Martha Stewart’s paint, as it is good for any surface.  The wall at the salon where I intended to place these frames was light grey, so the colors I choose were black and a silver-rose color.  Now, begin painting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Allow frames to dry

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Affix picture frames to the wall as desired.  For this project, I wanted it to be balanced yet random.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Purchase appropriate supplies to affix tools inside picture frames.  For my project, I needed the poultry fence nails and 3M sticky tape because I had both heavy and light objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Affix items for display using appropriate tools.  For the first 2 items pictured, I used the poultry fence nails.  For the 3rd picture, I used the 3M product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Step back and enjoy the finished product!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy getting even more years of use out of those old picture frames gathering dust in your attic/basement/garage!

Be Blessed!

~Crystal

God’s Placement

Today, I am sharing with you a great article from Jr. DeSouza.  It is very insightful and reminds us that God places us where we are because it is where we are the most beautiful!

Two years ago I was asked to speak in Los Angeles. The pastor who brought me in took me to Hollywood and introduced me to Elizabeth Taylor’s longtime personal jeweler. It seemed random at first, but proved to be an important prophetic experience. This morning the Holy Spirit brought it to mind for us.

My pastor friend and I were warmly welcomed by the jeweler and her family. She left us momentarily and returned with some thirty necklaces (I’m assuming my friend snitched that I like necklaces). She laid them out on the table before us–a combined worth of at least $10,000,000.
     What hypnotized me, however, was an unexpected point that was made: the jewels were only as beautiful and valuable as the setting they were matched with. Some jewels were matched with white gold, some silver, some a manly rugged bronze, some encased in sparkling glass, some set in stone with intriguing designs. Matched with a clever setting, the jewels were immeasurably more dazzling. There, at her kitchen table, the Spirit plunged me into a moment of insight.  Scripture often says we are the Lord’s jewels (Isa 54:11-13, Mal 3:17, 2Co 4:7, 1Pet 2:5). However, there is a setting in which your particular treasure fits, functions, and looks best. It might be this church, not that one; this city, not that one; this social circle, not that one; this field, not that one; this person, not that one.  Your jewel has intrinsic value in the kingdom, but in the wrong setting, its practical value decreases (at best), or is eliminated completely (at worst).  Identity misplaced is identity impotent. A fish out of water dies. This month and next begin an important time of placement and setting. You have worked with the Lord to settle your identity issues, to realize the value of your jewel. Now work with Him to place that jewel in the right setting.

 

Be Blessed!

~Crystal

Be of good courage

Inspired by our previous post A house full of the word of the lord, i used the chalkboard from our wedding reception, to encouraging quotes based on scripture.

Psalm 31:24

King James Version (KJV)

24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Wish everybody a wonderful week!

~Sisie

7Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist

Hope you enjoy these helpful tips on trips to the beauty salon!

~Crystal

7 Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist, http://www.lifescript.com

The right haircut can slim your face, flatter your features and make you look 10 years younger. The wrong one can shatter your confidence in a single snip. How can you avoid the too-short bob, the impossible-to-style shag and other shear horrors? Hollywood’s hottest hairdressers reveal the 7 questions you should ask to guarantee a great cut every time.

1. Will it look good on me?
When Jennifer Aniston traded in her long locks for an asymmetrical bob, she catapulted into a new category of chic – and women around the country dashed to salons to copy her ’do.

After all, who doesn’t want to look like a star?

“Even celebrities bring in pictures of other celebrities,” says stylist Robert Hallowell, who has worked with stars like Geena Davis and Lucy Liu.

But what looks great on a glossy magazine cover may not flatter you.

“A haircut needs to complement your face shape, bone structure and even the way you carry yourself,” says stylist Adir Abergel, who has worked with Madonna and Jessica Biel.

“Women see a celebrity’s hairstyleand they want to relate, even if it doesn’t work on them,” Abergel says.

A haircut should flatter your best assets while downplaying your least favorite features.

If the look you crave isn’t ideal for you, a good stylist can incorporate certain elements of the cut, tailoring a modified style to your face.

“I always believe in customizing the haircut to fit the client,” says hair stylist Kim Kimble, who has worked with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige.

2. What are your credentials?
All hairdressers should have a state certificate showing completion of cosmetology school.

To go above and beyond, they can earn advanced training certificates, which show they’ve taken continuing education classes throughout the year, explains Kimble.

Even hair guru Hallowell recently returned to the classroom to enhance his skills. Taking continuing education courses shows a stylist is serious about the craft, he says.

One crucial credential can’t be proved with any certificate – a satisfied clientele.

Clients often refer friends to their stylists when they’re complimented on their hair, says Kimble.

If you spy a woman with a great ’do, “literally stop her and ask who does her hair,” Abergel suggests.

He also recommends reading objective reviews of salons and stylists in beauty magazines like Allure.

3. Is it a hard style to maintain?
That layered bob might look great when an expert styles it.  But if your styling prowess is limited and your new look requires a two-hour wrestling match with a blow dryer every morning, you’ll have wasted your money.

Whether you’re a mom on the go or a beautyjunkie willing to devote hours to your tresses, “tell your stylist how much time you’re willing to put into the styling,” Abergel suggests.

You can also ask for a versatile cut – one that looks stunning when vamped up with a curling iron but that will also look good when you can only manage a quick shampoo.

4. How do I style it?
Ask your hair guru for a hands-on styling lesson before you leave the salon. Stylists can see angles of your locks that you can’t.

“I’ve had clients who think they’re blow-drying their hair but are really hitting the plant behind them,” Hallowell says.

If you want a haircut that looks best styled straight and you have curly hair, be prepared to use a flat iron every day, says Hallowell. Ask your stylist to show you how.

Another do-it-yourself tip: “If you want to look great, learn how to use a round brush and a blow-dryer,” Abergel advises.

5. How short will it really be?
Why do women who request one to two inches off the bottom end up with a chin-length disaster?

“Part of the problem is that ‘one to two inches’ means something different to different people,” Abergel says. His advice?  “Show your stylist how much you want taken off on a ruler – it will show you’re serious about not losing the length.”

Hallowell also recommends that you physically take your finger and show the stylist where you want your hair to hit: I want the shortest layer to hit here, no higher than my collarbone.  Arrive at the salon with your hair in its natural state, advises Abergel. That way your stylist can see the movement and natural wave.

If your stylist starts hacking away, stick up for yourself. Tell him or her to stop before it’s too late.

“In the end, you’re the one who has to live with your hair, not your stylist,” Abergel says.

6. Do I have to buy the products?
Be wary of the product pusher who insists you purchase every can of hairsprayor tube of gel used during the appointment.

“You can definitely achieve [a salon] look at home without your stylist’s products,” says Abergel.  Although he’s a fan of Frederic Fekkai’s line, Abergel doesn’t pressure his clients to buy it. “Women know their own hair better than anyone,” he says. “They know what brands work for them.”

7. What’s included in the price?
This situation is all too common: After a cut, the stylist will casually ask if you want a blow-dry. Thinking it’s part of the service, you say yes, only to be surprised with a $20 styling charge.  Most stylists aren’t trying to trick you, but to be safe, “get everything clear in the beginning,” Kimble says. For example, does the price of the haircut include a consultation, shampooand/or conditioner, scalp massage, and styling lesson?  And during your cut, pay attention. If your stylist starts blow-drying or curling your hair and you’re not sure if the service is included, ask.

What is More?

This is where my mind and heart have been for the last week.  God, IS able to do exceedingly, abundantly ALL that we ask or think according to the power that WORKS in US.  These are powerful words.  And probably the biggest thing that I struggle with as a Christian woman.

Do I believe that He is capable?

Yes!

Do I believe that He WANTS to show Himself powerful in and through me?

Yes!

So, where is the disconnect?  The Holy Spirit has been revealing this to me bit by bit, so forgive me if this is just the beginning.  For the past 23 years, I have been “the boss”.  I was the boss of my 4 younger siblings, at times I was the boss of my own mother, I was the boss in my workplace, at church, etc.  I have always had a leadership quality.  So, that being said, it makes sense that I like to be the boss of my life.  HA!  That’s where it gets laughable.  Because, if God has entrusted HIS blessings and HIS gifts to me, why oh why do I think I deserve to be the boss?  Lord, purge this old way of thinking out from the core of my being!!  That I can truly see that You are more than able to “be the boss” of my life.  That I can see in fullness that GREAT things You have planned for me!  Oh, Lord, change me!

So, today that “big” thing, the “more” that I am asking and thinking about is this:

God, I want to be able to see the ways in which I can succeed.  Not the ways in which I may fail, but the triumphs You have given me as my portion.

~Crystal

Fun and easy summer hairstyle

Hello all!

Before summer comes to an official end, I thought I would share this fun and easy hairstyle idea.  And, if you want to change it up to a more fall appropriate style, change from a flower to some sort of leaf arrangement!

~Crystal

 

Daily Inspiration

Hey all! I hope it has been a great week for everybody. I just wanted to share 5 blogs that have been such an inspiration to me. I love how each of these blogs offers a different theme, content or specialty.

A Beautiful MessThis is the first blog i followed. The moment i landed on Elsie’s blog, i immediately fell in love. To me, her blog is like a playground, it’s fun, exciting, colorful and has a lot of ideas. You can draw inspiration from her DIY projects, fashion, crafts and recipes. You can see that she pours her passion into her blog, through great photographs, blog lineup and color composition. This blog is now managed by both Elsie and her Sister Emma. Check out their blog at A Beautiful Mess.  Photo by: Elsie Larson of Beautiful mess

Sincerely, KinseyI discovered Kinsey’s blog from A Beautiful Mess. Her blog is where i go for photography inspiration. Her photographs are like poems without words. They are very soothing and she always captures the perfect moment. She writes a lot about DIY fashion as well. Click here to check out her blog.                                                                 Photo by: Sincerely, Kinsey (Kinsey Mhire Photography)

Oana BefortOana Befort is a graphic designer from Bucharest, Romania. Her blog content is full of beautiful designs, paintings, and cool DIY decor tutorials. I go to her blog when i’m looking for design ideas that have a mixture of elegance and simplicity. Click here to check out her blog. Also check out her Etsy shop.                                              Photo by: Oana Befort

Pugly PixelWether you’re a professional blogger or you just started your own blog,  you will love this blog. Pugly pixel is full of blogging tutorials for blogger enthusiasts. You can find tips on photos, blog layouts, design inspirations, fonts for your blog, and more. You can sign up to subscribe and get more tips and info. I love the modern simplicity design of her blog. Click here to check out her blog.                                Photo by: Pugly Pixel.

The Farmer’s NestThe last but not least. This is my home remedy source. Robyn’s shabby chic blog reminds me of Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman. Her blog gives you the feel of country living, recipes, DIY tutorials and she writes about her family. I got an amazing “Make your own Mrs. Myers liquid hand soap” tutorial from from the farmer’s nest. Click here to check out her blog. Photo by: Robyn of The Farmer’s Nest

I hope you will enjoy browsing through these blogs. It is always fun to find a place where you can be inspired. what’s your favorite blog?

~Sisie